Each jewelry box that comes out of the Kellams studio is produced to order by their hands, so to the studio itself as everything else on their homestead was personally built by Thom and Sue. Keeping it simple and allowing the requirements of the work to dictate form, a building that started as a shed for farm equipment evolved into their current fifteen hundred square foot studio. The compact space has separate rooms for finishing, assembly and storage, in addition to the main workshop with its full compliment of the normal woodworking machinery.
In the beginning there was no electricity, no phone, the dirt road ran part of the way in the creek bed and gravity pulled the water down from a spring. The shop equipment was powered by a generator for a number of years while light was from the sun. Although, the spring still supplies the water, things have changed dramatically but not so much that the challenges of life in the rural hinterlands are eliminated. They have at times been known to get nostalgic for the "simpler times".